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2008-07-22 09:00:40

Virginia Beach lifeguards have taken top honors in the South Atlantic Lifesaving Association's Regional Lifeguard Competition. The 22-person team took the top honor during a series of events held on Pleasure Island in North Carolina on July 16 and 17, the association said. Lifeguards from Nags Head Fire and Ocean Rescue also placed first in the B Division, or small agency division. Corolla Ocean Rescue placed second, three points behind Nags Head. The competition also included...

2008-07-22 09:00:40

FRESH FROM winning a regional lifeguard competition in North Carolina, Virginia Beach's lifeguards pulled 21 people from the water Saturday. Kitty Hawk lifeguards rescued nine swimmers. On Thursday, lifeguards in Duck and Southern Shores had 72 water rescues. No one died in the waters off Hampton Roads and the Outer Banks last weekend, thanks to the tough, relentless work of the lifeguards, some of whom had just returned from taking top honors in the South Atlantic Lifesaving Association's...

2008-07-21 08:44:54

By JOHN WARREN By John Warren The Virginian-Pilot VIRGINIA BEACH Don't be fooled by the lack of precipitation, beachgoers. Tropical Storm Cristobal is not your friend. It's not what's in the sky that you have to look out for - it's underwater. Rip currents produced by the storm have led to an increase in the number of rescues by lifeguards in Virginia Beach and on the Outer Banks recently, lifeguards say . Though Sunday's numbers were not available, on Saturday, 21 people were...

2008-07-16 18:00:21

By Liz Doup, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 16--If you want a body that looks fit and fabulous, you don't have to look far for inspiration. Hit the beach -- it's the dead of summer, after all -- and check out the lifeguards. Tight tummies. Toned thighs. Strong shoulders. How do they do it? They run. They row. They lift weights. And though these folks watch the water all day long, they still love to swim. It helps that workout time is built into their jobs. They typically...

2008-07-16 09:00:44

By Alicia Rimel, The News Virginian, Waynesboro, Va. Jul. 16--The drowning deaths of two people in the Valley within a month should point to the need to take extra care when taking a dip to escape the summer heat, emergency officials say. "Water is a fun thing, but it can also be dangerous," said Hamp Hall, director of preparedness and response for the American Red Cross. "It is not a good idea to swim in unsupervised and undesignated areas. This does increase chances for things to...

2008-07-12 15:00:15

By Nate Kelly, Walton Sun, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Jul. 12--Whether it's a matter of more people on the beach or more rescue personnel patrolling the beach, this year is seeing twice as many water rescues as compared to last year's numbers. "The weather plays a big part of it," said Deputy Chief Sean Hughes of the South Walton Fire District. "The surf and wave action was particularly volatile during the spring; this moved the sandbar confi guration and created a lot of rip currents,"...

2008-07-11 18:00:18

LIFEGUARDS and police teams are joining forces to make North East beaches safer. Officers from Whitley Bay in North Tyneside can now tune into the lifeguards' radios and quickly become alerted to any problems along the coast. Insp Tony Blacklock said: "Having radio access to the lifeguards means officers can respond swiftly if they are needed on our beaches. It's reassuring for the public to know officers are in radio contact with lifeguards. "It all adds up to us providing a better...

2008-07-11 12:00:31

By Katie Curley, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Jul. 11--SALISBURY -- Early yesterday morning a line of cars idled, waiting to get into the Salisbury Beach State Reservation as myriad colored umbrellas, towels and chairs lined the beach. On a hot summer day, the reservation and Salisbury center can be a busy place for lifeguards, and this year it seems even more hectic. "I think because of the gas prices, people are staying local and coming here," said lifeguard Kris Reslow....

2008-07-04 15:00:24

By Jennifer D Jordan WESTERLY -- The lifeguards at Misquamicut State Beach earned their $10 an hour Monday. They pulled nine people out of treacherous rip-tide currents that can form instantly, and drag even strong swimmers far from shore. "People don't realize how dangerous [rip tides] are, and then they get caught all of a sudden," said Bonnie Mello, Misquamicut's beach manager. About 1,500 visitors come to the beach each day, watched by one dozen to two dozen lifeguards. When...

2008-06-22 06:00:13

By Kelly Puente, Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif. Jun. 22--LONG BEACH -- A 10-year-old girl was in critical condition Saturday after nearly drowning in a community swimming pool at a mobile home park in West Long Beach, authorities said. Residents at the community pool in Windward Village, 3595 Santa Fe Ave., discovered the girl floating face down in about three feet of water at 12:23 p.m., said Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Mike DuRee. Witnesses had laid the girl out on the pool...


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